|Gregorio Brilovich 14apr2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Gregorio tells of his family's journey from Latvia to Uruguay, then to Chile after the government takeover of the dairy industry, where he grew up quite poor. He speaks of his journey to America during World War II, his education as an engineer and subsequent world travels because of his career, his return to Chile at a volatile time, and finally his settling in California. To cite this interview: Gregorio Brilovich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's We...
Keywords: Latvia; immigration; South America; Uruguay; Peddling milk and cheese; Chile; Synagogue; Santiago; Yiddish; Bar MItzvah; Berkeley; Freighter; engineer; California; assembly line; Cuba; Yiddish newspapers; engagement; marriage; payis; religious education; selling bread; Riga; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Lili Bermant 26oct2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Lili Bermant is an 83-year-old widow from Antwerp, Belgium, currently living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lili started the interview talking about her upbringing in Belgium before the outbreak of World War II. Both of her parents were Jewish, her mother from a religious family in Poland. Her mother, wanting to get a better education, came to Belgium from Poland. She spoke German and French. Lili's father spoke Flemish and Yiddish, but as Lili said, somehow they made it work...
Keywords: Antwerp; Belgium; Amherst; Massachusetts; Poland; Holocaust; France; Cuba; Jewish Identity; Shomer Haditi; New York; Bar Mitzvah; Diamond Broker; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Immigration; Migration; and place; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Holocaust; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; United States; Latin America; Politics and political movements; Yiddish Book Center; Youth group; Roots/heritage; Anti-Semitism; Travel; Wexler Oral History Project; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center
|Michael Katz 24July2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Michael Katz was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on July 24, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. He is the father of former fellow, Pauline Katz. Michael Katz’s interview begins with a detailed account of his family’s long standing Jewish progressive cultural identification. Michael explains that he is (at least) a third generation Jew who was deeply invested in Yiddish culture and language—what he calls Yiddishkeit...
Keywords: Mike Katz; Michael Katz; Wexler Oral History Project; Coming back to Yiddish; Music; Transmission; song; singing; Yiddish language; United States; Politics and political movements; Religion and ritual; Bar Mitzvah; Vietnam War; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Yiddish revival and activism; Yiddish culture: Music; Yiddish scene (U.S.); nybc; ybc; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Yiddish; Jewish; Jewish culture; Yiddish culture
|Fred Irving 16February2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily)|
Fred Irving was interviewed by Allie Brudney on February 16, 2012, at the Yiddish Book Center. Fred Irving spends the first half of his interview describing his time as a prisoner of war (POW) during World War II. Fred volunteered to be a navigator in the air corps of the US military. While on a mission to bomb a synthetic oil field, his plane was shot down over Hungary. Fred managed to parachute out of the plane and survived, only to endure more horrors...
Keywords: Childhood; Jewish Identity; Career and Professional Life; World War Two; Jewish education; Eastern Europe; Advice; Religion and ritual; Western Europe; United States; Transmission; Roots/heritage; Anti-Semitism; Urban; Assimilation; Soviet Union; Immigration; Migration; Holocaust; Jewish community; Travel; Fred Irving; Air Force; Prisoner of War; Military; General Patton; Army; 1940s; Unitarianism; Brown University; Providence RI; Rhode Island; Tuskegee Airmen; Navigator; British; German; Nuremberg; Bar Mitzvah; Jamaica; Hungary; Germany; Iceland; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Herb Molin 06Jul2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Benno)|
Herbert (Herb) Molin, a former lawyer for the City of New York and a staunch believer in the importance of Yiddishkeit, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on July 6, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Herb’s mother was from Ukraine and his father was from Poland. Both were born into religious families but discarded religion and adopted secular Yiddishkeit, which Herb still strongly espouses...
Keywords: Immigration; Migration; Childhood; Family history; stories about ancestors; Eastern Europe; Newspapers; Politics and political movements; Books; Jewish education; Education; Summer camp; World War Two; Anti-Semitism; Israel; Hebrew; Yiddish language; Yiddish speaker; song; singing; Theater; Urban; United States; Advice; Career and Professional Life; Herb Molin; IWO; International Workers Order; Freiheit; Der Tog; Sholem Aleichem; IWO Shule; Great Depression; Camp Kinderland; Progressive Party; Henry Wallace; 1930s; 1940s; Father Charles Coughlin; Vito Marcantonio; Queens College; New York City; Astoria; NYC; Barack Obama; Peekskill; Paul Robeson; 1950s; 1960s; Bar Mitzvah; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture
|Paul Kaye 28July2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Lily)|
Paul Kaye, who helped rescue survivors of the Holocaust and fought in Israel’s War of Independence, was interviewed by Hillary Ossip on July 28, 2011, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Paul begins by describing his family background. His father, whose original family name was Kamenetsky, came from Odessa and his mother from Lemberg (also known as Lwow or Lviv). They met on the Lower East Side of New York City...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; United States; World War Two; Immigration; Migration; Yiddish language; Yiddish speaker; Jewish education; Religion and ritual; Jewish Identity; Childhood; Education; Transmission; Urban; Israel; Food and culinary traditions; Yiddish Book Center; Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Family history; stories about ancestors; Hebrew; Career and Professional Life; Paul Kaye; New York City; Navy; 1940s; 1990s; Long Island; Queens NY; Temple Hillel Long Island; Haganah; Bronx; Bar Mitzvah; Hatikvah (ship); Cyprus; UJA Federation; American Veterans of Israel